Casing for Apple iPad Pro leaks, revealing possible cutouts for four speakers

Apple has found religion. After seeing how raising the screen size on the Apple iPhone could put a charge into demand, Apple plans on doing it all over again with the Apple iPad. It is a simple mathematical process. Going from a 4-inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, to a 4.7-inch display on the Apple iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch glass on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, helped Apple ship a whopping 74.5 million iPhone units for its first fiscal quarter. That was up from 51 million units shipped the previous year.

So now that Apple has come to understand that a larger screen means more sales, which means more money, it apparently is close to introducing a 12.3-inch or 12.9-inch tablet called the Apple iPad Pro. The slate could be offered with an optional stylus. The current flagship iPad, the Apple iPad Air 2, features a 9.7-inch display.

On Friday morning, a photo of what is allegedly the casing for the iPad Pro leaked. The photo is said to come from a reliable source, and the most interesting feature are the four cutouts by each corner. These could be reserved for four speaker grills. Other cutouts can be seen for the Lightning port, the rear camera, standby button and volume rocker.

With the Apple Watch now penciled in for an April launch, perhaps the Apple iPad Pro will be unveiled in March and will share a launch date with Apple's first smartwatch.

source: NWE (translated) via BGR

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9 Comments

1. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

If it doesn't work with mac OS Then its s**t

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, just like the Surface with Windows RT But it will probably still sell much better than the Surface with RT since Apple are the best at marketing

2. stocklee unregistered

If they dont figure out something like Microsoft did with its "cross-platform Windows" i really dont see the point in this device.

3. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

dont think it would work with mac os it looks like a ipad, so it would most most likely run ios theyre adding things, landscape mode, all would indicate for this. less likely stylus with this one, since theyre jsut patenting now. in summary, this would be jsut a bumped up version of normal ipad.

5. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Time to reinvent the metro design ;)

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

IBeatsPad? IPadBeats? BeatsIPad? Come now, I can't be the only one that wanted to write that, hopefully it is going to be good audio, speakers of almost all mobile devices could use an improvements, and might follow if apple does it, though that said, most people use headphones for decent audio, so maybe not.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Throw in some hefty specs and OSX and I'm ready to throw away my MBA

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Hope they adobt this 4 speaker setup for the iPad air 3 as well. Only thing I don't like about my new iPad Air 2 is how I have to settle with portrait mode for "real" stereo.

9. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They should use front facing speakers. 2 would do the trick but 4 is also great. A tablet should have bezels especially if its a business model so it could fit just perfect. And I'm not sure if it would make much of a difference in sales if they used mac os instead of ios. Most of the people will buy the tablet just to have the bigger apple. Same was with the 6 plus. Before almost every iphone user i know was blabbing about the screens on androids where to big but now allot are using the 6 plus. Apple has a great name. People go crazy for their products. My dad bought a mac just because he likes it for some reason. He is better on windows and had to find out how the mac works(he is still finding out how)

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